Commencement speeches are a time for college graduates to hear from some of the world's most successful and famous people before they cross the stage and enter the next phase of their lives.
This year, a number of notable CEOs addressed the Class of 2019 at colleges across the country, sharing stories and life advice to America's latest crop of graduates.
In their speeches, businesses leaders from Tim Cook to Daymond John touched on what it means to be a leader, how to respond in a crisis, and the importance of listening to others when building a community.
Their advice can apply for anyone, whether you're holding a diploma or simply subscribe to a lifetime of learning.
Here's the best advice that CEOs gave the Class of 2019 in commencement speeches this year.
Daymond John: "Continue to do your homework. Keep your learning goals instead of your earning goals."
Tim Cook: "We forget sometimes that our preexisting beliefs have their own force of gravity. Today, certain algorithms pull toward you the things you already know, believe, or like, and they push away everything else. Push back."
Robert F. Smith: "We are enough to ensure we have all the opportunities of the American Dream. And we will show it to each other through our actions and through our words and through our deeds."
Julie Sweet: "Leaders who build diverse teams and advocate for all are the leaders who perform the best."
Janet Foutty: "I believe the only way to move forward and make progress is to act as if there is no 'they.'"
Van Jones: "If your generation says, 'I'm not worried about the awful people, I'm going to find the awesome people and we're going to fix these problems,' you will finally have a country with liberty and justice for all."
Esther Brimmer: "It is important to step up and speak up, not sit on the sidelines."
Jim Weber: "A curious attitude often reflects humility of your understanding of the world around you."
Mary C. Daly: "You have to bloom where you’re planted. You may not always be in control of where you land. But you can absolutely decide how you’re going to live there."
Tewolde GebreMariam: "During a crisis, it’s not about making money. It's about making a difference. It's about doing the right thing at the right time."
Wendy Kopp: "You may find yourself encouraged to back off of your activism. I urge you to continue with it."